I remember my Mom had her surgeries and prescriptions typed out on paper. As well as one for my Dad. It just seems too soon to have to do this! But hey ... I've had two knee replacement surgeries and several dermatology issues so maybe I should keep records....all in one place.
I'm also thinking I would LOVE to keep track of the costs. What started this blog today I guess was getting a copy of my monthly "medical/hospital claim". A month or so ago I had a MOHS procedure to double check a 4 mm (that's 0.15 inches) basal cell carcinoma on my nose. Does anyone ever die from basal cell? I don't think so. But when they add that word "carcinoma" to any conversation
a cancer arising in the epithelial tissue of the skin
or of the lining of the internal organs.
you know you are reeled in. I was at the clinic for about two hours. The total billed? $4,000.00. The amount "allowed" by Medicare was $1,000.00. My share? NOTHING. This seems crazy ... why would a Dr even take a Medicare patient? I digress. Fixing Medicare will be blogged about next week.
Keeping a medical journal. In lieu of having software that will share information between doctors and clinics and hospitals and specialists and patients, I must be Knowledge Central. Maybe not about the $$$ aspect, but EVERY new office (or office I haven't visited in the past three years) has you fill out an information form. Soon perhaps I won't remember what happened when (or why). So do any of you have a medical journal? Suggestions, please? Color code? Spreadsheet? Tabs? Cool hip binder or Grandma black?